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Arthritis Treatment for Dogs

Many dogs experience arthritis as they begin to age. Providing pain relief can help make this condition manageable.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs?


Most dogs will try not to use the affected limbs/ joints if they are feeling sore. It may look like limping or lameness. Some owners may notice muscle loss around the affected areas, due to lack of usage. Other owners may experience their dog “slowing down.”

What causes arthritis in dogs?


Arthritis is a multifactorial disease that essentially means inflammation of the joint. Dogs experience the increasing prevalence of arthritis with age. Other predisposing factors include joint instability (hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament rupture, trauma), Joint incongruity (elbow dysplasia, trauma), obesity, work duty or athletics.

What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?


There are many treatment options available for arthritis management. Your veterinarian will be able to discuss what is best for your pet and prescribe the necessary medication or supplements.

Can I give my dog Aspirin?


It is not recommended to give your dog Aspirin due to serious risk of side effects that can arise from inappropriate dosages. Starting use of any new medication (including over the counter) should be discussed with your veterinarian.

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Last updated: January 18, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

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Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital